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first_imgLiberians from all walks of life, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House of Representatives Speaker Alex Tyler, Acting Senate Pro-tempore Dan Morais, Chief Justice Francis S. Kporkor and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, other members of the Judiciary and Members of the Cabinet, yesterday gathered at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia to pay their last respects to the nation’s fallen legal hero, the late Chief Justice Johnnie Naustedlau Lewis.In her panegyric, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the large and impressive crowd that gathered to bid farewell to former Chief Justice Lewis was an indication of the level of respect he cultivated for himself while discharging his duties, both in Liberia and the internationally.He distinguished himself in the legal arena and brought a considerable level of reforms in the country’s judicial system when he took over the third branch of the Liberian government in 2006.The late Chief Justice Lewis, a seasoned legal practitioner, was respected both nationally and internationally, and was one of those that were very instrumental in the post-war development of the Liberian state. In 2006, upon the election and subsequent inauguration of President Sirleaf, Counselor Lewis was appointed Chief Justice and charged with the responsibility to revamp the country’s ruined justice system.President Sirleaf described late Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis as a wise man who was very intelligent in judging cases. “The late Chief Justice was also hard working [and possessed an] unwavering commitment to duty. He was respected for his outstanding legal arguments.”“We note with heavy hearts and remember in gratitude the life of our compatriot, His Honor Johnnie Lewis, former chief justice of Liberia. He was a compatriot, loyal to this country and dedicated to the rule of law and committed to high judicial practice, the Liberian leader said. “His loyalty to country was self evident from previous assignments and was again made manifest by accepting, despite the devastating effect on the civil war on our nation, my nomination and subsequent appointment of him as the 18th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia.“Prior to that appointment,” the President recalled, “he had ably served as international lawyer and civil servant for the United Nations.  But when the call to national duty came, he gave up his external engagement, sacrifice and personal comfort he was enjoying and, being an industrious compatriot, he courageously returned home to meet the challenge and render service for the reconstruction of Liberia.“Cllr. Lewis’ outstanding services to Liberia are visible in the physical infrastructures [at the Temple of Justice and elsewhere] constructed during his tenure. As head of the judiciary, he labored collaboratively with the Executive to obtain the resources required for the renovation or refurbishing of the seat of the Supreme Court (Temple of Justice) and the construction of many court rooms and court houses around the country.”One of these, she said, is the most impressive 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County, which is a testament to his desire for widespread development in the country. “Courts built during his tenure with his name engraved in marble should stand atop his enormous contributions, which in years to come shall call to memory his outstanding services to the Liberian judiciary and state.”He will not only be remembered for his infrastructural contribution to the state; he will be remembered chiefly for his incisive thinking, stance on principles, and other positive attributes of a sound legal mind.  The late Jonnie Naustedlau Lewis will forever be remembered for his numerous reform initiative and sacrifices.What makes the late Chief Justice so interesting and important is not only his contribution to the Liberian state. His entire lineage, according to the Liberian Official Gazette, contributed substantially to establishment, development and sustenance of Liberia. Many of his ancestors including J. N. Lewis, his wife Susanna Lewis and James Lewis, were all great servants of their country.  His great grandfather, J. N. Lewis, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1847 while his wife Susannah, Johnnie Lewis’s great grandmother, was chairperson of the committee that made the first Liberian flag.  The Late Chief Justice Lewis’ grandfather served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 1930s.The remains of the late Chief Justice will be taken to native Greenville, Sinoe County today where another funeral service and requiem mass will be said before his interment in Greenville, the Sinoe capital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Caricom Secretariat on Saturday announced the retirement of Tyrone Sutherland, a long-serving Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO).The Caribbean Meteorological Organisation, established in 1973 with headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is one of the oldest Caribbean institutions. A member organisation of Caricom, the CMO coordinates the joint activities of the Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services of 16 English-speaking countries in the region.The CMO’s training arm and its climate, research, and instrument centre is the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and is located in Barbados.Sutherland completes a 50-year international career in meteorology that started in his native Saint Lucia back in 1968. He was one of two early meteorologists that led the development of the Saint Lucia Meteorological Service, which he headed until early 1982. He then spent the next 10 years as a Meteorologist and Severe Storms Specialist with the Meteorological Service of Canada.In 1992, he joined the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the specialised United Nations agency located in Geneva, Switzerland, which coordinates global activities in meteorology, hydrology and related geophysical sciences. He worked there as a Scientific Officer in its Tropical Cyclone Programme, then as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General of that Organisation.After resigning from WMO to take up this Caribbean post at CMO in 1999, he represented the Caribbean in WMO affairs and was elected by WMO as a member of its Executive Council, a position he retained until his retirement, becoming one of the longest-serving members of that council in the world. During that period, he served two successive terms as a Vice-President of the WMO, the second Caribbean representative to do so!In the Caribbean, Sutherland will be remembered for leading the modernisation of the Caribbean weather radar network that provides radar coverage of the region from Belize to Guyana. Under his leadership, the CMO has worked very closely with all the countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean in ensuring that the region is served by a modern warning system for tropical storms,Dr Arlene Laing and Tyrone Sutherland – Incoming and outgoing Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisationhurricanes and other severe weather.He has been succeeded by Dr Arlene Laing, a native of Jamaica. Dr Laing was selected by the Caribbean Meteorological Council, which is the Ministerial-level governing body of the CMO, after an intensive international search.Dr Laing has been a weather forecaster, a research scientist, a university professor, and a trainer in operational weather forecasting. She earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of the West Indies, then completed a master’s degree and doctoral degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in the United States.  Prior to joining the CMO, she was a scientific analyst at US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She also served as a project facilitator at the Weather Prediction Center of the US National Weather Service and spent several years as a researcher at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She is the lead author of “Introduction to Tropical Meteorology”, a peer-reviewed online textbook, and co-author of the award-winning book, “Meteorology of Tropical West Africa: The Forecasters’ Handbook”.Both Sutherland and Dr Laing agree that the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation has provided unity of purpose for its member countries in meteorology and related sciences.The organs of the CMO will continue to provide scientific advice and guidance to the Caribbean in an era when severe weather, climate variability, and climate change issues are expected to be among the major challenges facing the region in the foreseeable future.last_img read more

first_imgCohen said he got the idea after hearing that authorities elsewhere were using similar dummy cars. Some law enforcement agencies use cardboard cutouts of patrol cars, he said. “I figured I’m not that much of an artist; it would be easier for me to get a real patrol car,” Cohen said. Cohen chose a car that was a few years old and had been taken out of service. A deputy drives the car, which has no radio or other equipment, to a designated location and gets a ride back with another deputy after parking it by the side of the road. Inside is a mannequin in a deputy’s uniform. The dummy “deputy” does not need any pants, because it has no legs. The Sheriff’s Department has been doing similar deployment of dummy vehicles since 1997, Cohen said. The sergeant said he recently sat near the dummy vehicle in his own civilian car and saw plenty of drivers hit their brakes when they drove by. He plans to move the dummy vehicle around the Santa Clarita Valley and suggested that it could be used for crime prevention as well. “You never know if you’re going to be passing a decoy car or the real officer,” he said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We just don’t have that many people, so we decided we’ll give this a try.” The Sheriff’s Department started the initiative last week and has been putting the vehicle by the side of Magic Mountain Parkway near the Interstate 5 freeway exit. Emily Bush, 19, drives by to get to work. She’s seen a sheriff’s vehicle parked by the side of the road recently. She admits to usually driving fast off the freeway and says seeing the vehicle has gotten her to slow down. “I think it’s great,” she said. “Because even if there’s no one inside of it to actually catch you, it does remind you not to drive as fast. It’s probably going to make that road a lot safer.” SANTA CLARITA – The mannequin won’t issue a ticket, but it might persuade a speeder to take his foot off the accelerator. At least that’s what Santa Clarita sheriff’s station personnel are hoping as they try something new to slow zooming traffic. Sheriff’s officials have begun setting up an old sheriff’s vehicle roadside with a uniformed department-store mannequin at the wheel. “We were getting a lot of complaints and having patrol cars go to different areas regarding speed, and we just couldn’t do it,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Cohen, who works the traffic division. last_img read more

first_img“Loma was never built as a permanent school,” Seymour said. “But we kept it in good shape over the years.” The growth of small businesses and factories now outnumber residential units and contributed to the declining student numbers, officials said. A public hearing was held at this week’s school board meeting. While no residents spoke on the issue, district officials held an information session with Loma parents. Though most residents understood the decision, some parents were upset by the news, Seymour said. Nancy Roberts, an eighth-grade teacher at Potrero school, said she was only concerned about the logistics of having 200 extra pupils on an already crowded campus. A new 22-classroom, two-story building will be completed in time for the school year will help, but the campus is not expanding, she said. Roberts though remained supportive of the decision. “The students were already going to come to Potrero,” she said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Loma Elementary School is closing at the end of this academic year because of low enrollment. The 200 elementary students will attend Potrero Elementary School, a K-8 school, in the fall. Loma students usually enroll at Potrero for seventh- and eighth-grade years. Jeff Seymour, district superintendent, said fluctuating enrollment numbers over the years – from a high of 370 students to the current crop of 200 – delayed the decision until now. The district may use the site for office space or use it to house district programs. With the addition of Loma Elementary students, Potrero’s population will reach about 1,000 students this fall. All 10 Loma school teachers will move to Potrero this fall. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Heads up: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski heads in one of his goals © AFP / Daniel ROLANDFRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Aug 12 – A brilliant hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski led Bayern Munich to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Sunday’s German Supercup, giving former Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac a memorable start to his reign at the Bavarian giants.Kovac returned to Frankfurt for his first competitive game in charge of the Bundesliga winners, having ended two successful years at Eintracht with a shock win over Bayern in last season’s German Cup final. Yet there was no time for sentimentality on Sunday, as Bayern took brutal revenge for their cup humiliation, Lewandowski leaving the Frankfurt defence in tatters.A ruthless Bayern took the lead with their first chance on 21 minutes.Joshua Kimmich’s cross picked out Lewandowski at the far post and the Polish star fired a header across Frederik Roennow in the Frankfurt goal.The striker nodded in a second from almost exactly the same position five minutes later, heading Arjen Robben’s corner past the stranded Roennow.The game could have turned in Frankfurt’s favour just before half-time when Mats Hummels escaped with a yellow card after bringing down Mijat Gacinovic in front of goal.At the other end, Lewandowski faced increasingly rough treatment from the Frankfurt defence, and Eintracht captain David Abraham was also lucky to escape a red card when he appeared to elbow the Polish striker late in the game.There was no stopping Lewandowski, however, who danced free of Abraham to rifle in his third goal on 54 minutes.Kovac’s perfect evening was sealed in the 63rd minute when Kingsley Coman bundled in Bayern’s fourth.The new Bayern coach had focused on low crosses in training the week before, and watched happily on as David Alaba’s low cross found Coman at the far post to make it 4-0.Thiago delivered the final flourish five minutes from time, gratefully receiving a pass from Coman to slot home Bayern’s fifth.Sandro Wagner could even have made it six, missing an open goal from two yards out, but that didn’t stop Bayern celebrating a winning start under Kovac and a successfully defended Supercup title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe World Cup-winning forward scored PSG’s second goal on the hour at Old Trafford after Presnel Kimpembe’s 53rd-minute opener as Thomas Tuchel’s team took firm control of the tie before the second leg next month.It was an outstanding performance from PSG in the absence of the injured Neymar and Cavani — the world’s most expensive player for one, as well as the French champions’ all-time top scorer.In their absence PSG still succeeded in inflicting a first defeat on United since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager.“In the second half we came out with the best intentions because we knew they wanted to step up the rhythm and especially get a goal at home,” added Mbappe, whose goal was his 23rd of the season in all competitions.“We are happy, but it’s only half-time in the tie and we need to continue preparing well, because I think in the last 20 minutes we dropped off a bit physically.“We have three weeks now to make sure we are ready for the return and ensure we qualify.”Coach Tuchel said his team improved as the game went on, while the hosts suffered after seeing both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial go off injured.“We lost too many easy balls in the first half but the second half was really excellent,” Tuchel said.“We deserved to win, and to do so here at Old Trafford just now, I congratulate my team – but it’s only half-time and we still have to play at the Parc des Princes.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe scored PSG’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Kylian Mbappe said Paris Saint-Germain showed they need not be afraid of being without Neymar or Edinson Cavani as the French club won 2-0 at Manchester United in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Tuesday.“We need to stop with the scare stories. People need to stop being afraid. Of course Neymar is hugely important and Cavani is fundamental to us, but football is played on the pitch and we showed that today,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.last_img read more

first_img England players celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia Colombia were constantly giving the referee grief during an ill-mannered game 3 England took the lead on the night through Kane’s 57th-minute penalty, after former Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have illegally wrestled him to the ground at a corner.Colombia coach Jose Pekerman argued Southgate’s side “fall in the box” and blamed “confusion” over the amount of physical contact tolerated at corners.Argentina legend Diego Maradona also raged at the decision and referee Geiger’s performance, calling the result a “monumental robbery” in an extraordinary rant on Venezuelan TV.FIFA responded to Maradona’s comments with a statement that said it “strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match”.Listen to live commentary of Sweden vs England on talkSPORT on Saturday, kick-off 3pm Colombia fans were angry with the result against England Colombia fans have launched a petition calling for the 2018 World Cup last 16 clash against England to be REPLAYED following the Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out victory. Angry supporters have demanded FIFA to review a number of incidents in the game – the award of a penalty to the Three Lions and the decision to disallow a goal by Carlos Bacca because two balls were in play.More than 290,000 people (as of Friday morning) had put their signatures to the petition, which was started on Tuesday after Gareth Southgate’s men booked a quarter-final meeting with Sweden.Colombian fans argue that England were awarded their second-half penalty for “a non-existent foul”.They also believe Bacca’s extra-time goal should have been allowed to stand.SEE THE FULL PETITION FROM COLOMBIA FANS HEREBacca had blasted the ball into the net after American referee Mark Geiger – who was hounded by Colombia players all game – had already blown his whistle to stop play.He halted proceedings after England defender Harry Maguire was distracted by a second ball that would have come on the pitch had the assistant not stopped it.The petition calls for FIFA “to review these two actions, in order to set a precedent for fair play”. 3 3last_img read more

first_imgSIX people arrested in Glenties last night were later released by gardai, donegaldaily.com has learned.The six – all youths – were held after what local people describe as serious public order offences.Gardai were called shortly after 10.30pm and six youths detained. They were all later given a caution by the Junior Liaison Officer.Those who were held will now be ordered to attend a Youth Diversion programme.GLENTIES ROW: SIX TEENS RELEASED BY GARDAI was last modified: September 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glentieslast_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil is the country’s second most popular political party, according to the latest Red C opinion poll for today’s Sunday Business Post.The party is still way behind Fine Gael but the poll also shows that two-thirds of voters think this Government has broken tax promises made during the general election campaign.Fine Gael is on 32%, up one point on the last Red C poll, Fianna Fail has rise four points to 18% – pushing Labour back down to joint third on 15%, down two points. Sinn Féin’s support is down one to 15%. More than 1,000 voters nationwide were interviewed by Red C between Monday and Wednesday for the poll.Fianna Fáil are at their highest rating since October last year.Independents and others are holding their own on 20% support, down two points.On issues, almost two thirds of voters said the Government should review the Croke Park Agreement and further reduce public sector costs. 33% disagree with those statements, with 2% undecided. Asked if the Government appeared to have broken the taxation promises made during the general election campaign, 66% said they had, 32% said they had not and 2% did not know.FIANNA FAIL BACK IN SECOND PLACE AFTER NEW POLL was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fianna failFine Gaellabourred c pollSinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgMotorists in Letterkenny are being asked to be vigilant for a new traffic system in the town today.The LYIT campusA new set of traffic lights will come into action outside the entrance to the LYIT on the town’s Port Road at 10am.The traffic lights are part of an overall system which has come into action to cater for the additional of a new car park opposite the campus. Parking has always been a problem for students and staff at LYIT but the new car park should help with this traffic congestion.MOTORISTS ASKED TO STUDY NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM AT LYIT was last modified: September 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITtraffic lightslast_img read more